The first PDK member to pass away was Brother Horace Myers who died October 10, 1905. This was the first sorrow of the fraternity, and his death made a lasting impression. Brother Myers had contracted yellow fever while working out of state and upon returning to Marion, IN, was compelled to isolate himself in a small cottage north of Marion near the Country Club. His disease was very contagious, so no one would go near the cottage or show him attention.
This matter was brought up before the fraternity and one of the brothers, George Green, volunteered to risk his own life by staying with and ministering to Myers until his death. Myers soon passed away but due to the strong constitution of Green he never contracted this deadly disease.